Osaka Castle, Japan

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Every time, we have visitors, they intend to check this castle one of the tourist spots in Osaka. Fascinating, as they still maintain the look of this castle. But, to think I didn’t have a chance to go inside because the line is so long take our time. Anyway, outside is a better view and see the rock fence beside it and those trees (Cherry Blossom) but, sad to say the flower of the cherry blossom are not blooming yet, too early.

Osaka Castle (大坂城 or 大阪城,Ōsaka-jō?) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.

History

In 1583 Toyotomi Hideyoshi commenced construction on the site of the Ikkō-ikki temple of Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The basic plan was modeled after Azuchi Castle, the headquarters of Oda Nobunaga. Toyotomi wanted to build a castle that mirrored Oda’s, but surpassed it in every way: the plan featured a five-story main tower, with three extra stories underground, and gold leaf on the sides of the tower to impress visitors. In 1585 the Inner donjon was completed. Toyotomi continued to extend and expand the castle, making it more and more formidable to attackers. In 1597 construction was completed and Hideyoshi died. Osaka Castle passed to his son, Toyotomi Hideyori.
In 1600 Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated his opponents at the Battle of Sekigahara, and started his own bakufu (i.e., shogunate) in Edo. In 1614 Tokugawa attacked Toyotomi in the winter, starting the Siege of Osaka.[4] Although the Toyotomi forces were outnumbered approximately two to one, they managed to fight off Tokugawa’s 200,000-man army and protect the castle’s outer walls. Ieyasu had the castle’s outer moat filled, negating one of the castle’s main outer defenses.
During the summer of 1615, Hideyori began to restore the outer moat. Tokugawa, in outrage, sent his armies to Osaka Castle again, and routed the Toyotomi men inside the outer walls on June 4. Osaka Castle fell to Tokugawa, and the Toyotomi clan perished.
In 1620, the new heir to the shogunate, Tokugawa Hidetada, began to reconstruct and re-arm Osaka Castle. He built a new elevated main tower, five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and assigned the task of constructing new walls to individual samurai clans. The walls built in the 1620s still stand today, and are made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar. Many of the stones were brought from rock quarries near the Seto Inland Sea, and bear inscribed crests of the various families who contributed them.
In 1660, lightning ignited the gunpowder warehouse and the resulting explosion set the castle on fire. In 1665, lightning struck and burnt down the main tower. In 1843, after decades of neglect, the castle got much-needed repairs when the bakufu collected money from the people of the region to rebuild several of the turrets.
In 1868, Osaka Castle fell and was surrendered to anti-bakufu imperial loyalists. Much of the castle was burned in the civil conflicts surrounding the Meiji Restoration.
Under the Meiji government, Osaka Castle became part of the Osaka Army Arsenal (Osaka Hohei Kosho) manufacturing guns, ammunition, and explosives for Japan’s rapidly expanding Western-style military.[5]
In 1928, the main tower was restored after the mayor of Osaka concluded a highly successful fund-raising drive.
During World War II, the arsenal became one of the largest military armories, employing 60,000 workers.[5] Bombing raids targeting the arsenal damaged the reconstructed main castle tower and, on August 14, 1945, destroyed 90% of the arsenal and killed 382 people working there.
In 1995, Osaka’s government approved yet another restoration project, with the intent of restoring the main tower to its Edo-era splendor. In 1997, restoration was completed. The castle is a concrete reproduction (including elevators) of the original and the interior is intended as a modern, functioning museum.

We got our friend to take us the pictures, ’cause every time our family will go here I don’t have my decent picture unless I will take a selfie.
I had a chance to take video with my daughter with her new playmates. Please check below.

 

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Kidzania, Kobe, Japan

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Our first time to go here and we didn’t know that we need to reserve before we go inside. At first, we didn’t know luckily the Kidzania beside it was a mall (Lalaport) so, we just look around and kids play in the mini park for awhile. Well, my husband need to reserve slot on Monday and Monday is a holiday so good. But, we had a reservation on the 2nd shift (4pm-9pm) the 1st shift was (9am-3pm) but they can still stay there until they like.

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This is their first job in the Printing Press. Not so lucky we didn’t get a slot to Sushi Restaurant, Pizza, Ambulance and Fire Fighter job. Maybe next time we need to get the first shift.

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And he just wanted to be policeman in a real life as well, luckily still have slot to do this job.

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Soft Ice Cream for my little princess, in real life she loves ice cream so much.

They exprience to do the Cabin Attendant (daughter) and Pilot (son).

And their favorite job they like both of them in the Train. My daughter as a train driver and my son as an attendant/announcer.

My kids, really hada great time here in this place, but we have short time to explore more. It’s educating and know what they want when they get old. But, of course my little princess we still don’t know. Their’s a lot of things to do here. Maybe next time we I‘ll post again for more job they applied.

I uploaded video from my channel in youtube kindly check below:

 

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Shirahama, Beach

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After we reach from the hotel we have time to check the nearest beach in our hotel. They said it has white sand. Yes, Indeed, it has white sand. As you all know my country (The Philippines) has a lot of beaches from white, pink and black. Better yet, I will try to post it if I have time too, because Summer is around the corner. So, that you can have an idea where to go this coming summer.

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Shirahama (白浜町Shirahama-chō?) is a town in Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan.

Shirahama is a resort town on the south coast of Wakayama Prefecture. Its beaches are white sand, imported from Australia.[citation needed] Shirahama is known for its hot springs. During the summer (July and August), there are fireworks every night on the beach.[citation needed]

Shirahama is about two and a half hours from Osaka by JR West‘s Ocean Arrow train service. There are daily flights from Nanki-Shirahama Airport to Tokyo’s Tokyo International Airport (Haneda).

On March 1, 2006 the town of Hikigawa, from Nishimuro District, was merged into Shirahama.[citation needed]

As of January 31, 2012, the town has an estimated population of 23,325, with 11,149 households, and a population density of 116.02 persons per km. The total area is 201.04 km.

Wow, the white sand was imported from Australia, that’s awesome.  Anyway, the hotel staff told us, when summer they are fully booked and the beach is crowded.We want to experience the kids to go on the beach and swim. They didn’t experience yet. So, if ever this is their first time. (on summer plan) Anyway, they can’t even touch the water because is waving to fast and the water is freezing cold.

Look at the pictures, they way they smile and play the water. Definitely, we have to plan a trip to the beach this coming summer. It’s also about time I need to get serious in dieting so that I can wear bathing suits with confidence.

We got the chance to see the “Engetsu Island”

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Engetsu Island (円月島Engetsu-tō) is a small island off the coast of Shirahama, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. It includes a natural arch through which seawater passes. Its official name is Takashima (高嶋), and it is approximately 35 metres (115 ft) east-to-west, 130 metres (430 ft) north-to-south, and 25 metres (82 ft) high at the tallest.

The island is largely formed of sandstone and has become less stable over time. Since July 2009, the Shirahama town government has cautioned against approaching the island because of the risk of collapse of the arch.

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We will surely plan this coming summer to visit this island. There’s a lot to see, now my daughter can walk longer I think she’ll be okay on a long walk.

here’s the video:

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Long Drive trip

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This is the hotel lobby that we have gone far from our home. 2hours 30mins if you just drive you don’t stop in the Service Area.

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But us, we eat breakfast at McDo then drive for 2hours then stop ove in Service Area but Wakayama Prefecture.

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And, we reach in the hotel around 2PM, check in and drop our luggage and suprise room is huge. 3Rooms, 1 Massage Room, Sauna, 2 Toilet and Bathroom.

You can actually, have atleast 3 family in this room. Is a huge and also huge key. you won’t forget it as big as this.

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We have time to go around the hotel before we go out and explore the vicinity.

Here’s the Lobby, we had dinner and breakfast, their foods mixed cuisine. I didn’t have time to take photo the arrangement of the buffet and the set of tables. 😦

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The hoteltheme is like Egypt style. but, I don’t understand the Rabbit in the roof of the building.

Here’s site of the hotelKawakyu Hotel, Wakayama

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This is the lobby that is huge and in the side and front outside of the hotel.

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Of course in this hotel their is a Onsen, which we also tried it. (right picture) our front door room

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This is the best part of the hotel, In our floor (8th floor) only can have spend time in the Imperial Lounge where you can drink all you can (Alcohol or non-alcohol)

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Swimming pool area and the Jacuzzi, outdoor my daughter we just finished our hotspring (onsen).

Below are the foods (breakfast and dinner)

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Day to Day with Essential Oils

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This is my daily routine incorporated with the Essential Oils.

5:45am Wake up and before everything, put essential oils in our diffuser. Combination below:

HAPPY MORNING: 1 drop of Peppermint, Orange and Lime

IMMUNE BOOSTER: 2 drops Lemon, 1 drop Lime, 2 drops Peppermint, 1 drop Rosemary, 2 drop Eucalytus and 1 drop clove or 5 drops OnGuard, 2 drops Lemon and 1 drop of Melaleuca

WAKE UP/PICK-UP BLEND: 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Orange

ENERGY BLEND: 2 drops Grapefruit, 3 drops Peppermint, 3 drops Rosemary or 3 drops Orange, 3 drops Peppermint

UPLIFTING, BRIGHT and FRESH: 3 drops Breath, 2 drops Orange, 3 drops Lime

BRAIN POWER: 2 drops Rosemary, 2 drops Cypress, 2 drops juniper berry

then, before I begin my YOGA, I put Deep Blue for my leg area. (45mins)

6:45am I just need to wake up my school boy (my son) get ready for school. He need to take a bath (2 drop of Peppermint EO on the floor) and then, cook breakfast for them. I always put a drop of OnGuard to their drink of my Son and Husband.

8am before they go out in the house they (husband and son) using mask to prevent for the virus. I put 1 drop of Easy Air (Japanese ver.)on their mask or OnGuard for prevention. Especially now, the season is changing from Winter to Spring. Spring is the most allergies season. Allergies to pollen (flowers) and hot & chilly weather. My husband, he’s taking OnGuard Softgel for his Immune system.

7:15am I need to clean the house. I made some of my DIY Cleaning with EO in the House. First, spray DIY Lysol (check below) to kill bacteria. Start to Vacuum and Clean the countertops and tables. Wash the Dishes and Clean the Kitchen. I want to finish my house chores before 10am.

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10am Start to relax (change my diffuser combination) check Emails and Social media. Either I will start to do some crafty thingy or sewing some re-fashion or scrap cloth.

11:30am I will start to cook for Lunch. Usually, I also put some EO in our food. Below are the some recipe I tested. (I’m not good in cooking my husband was, next time I better document it when he does the cooking)

2pm We (together with my daughter) take a nap and also change our diffuser for relaxing/calming.

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4pm (around) My son will be home soon. So, usually I will make him juice and eat lunch again (Japanese school they have served food at lunch) Well, he wants to eat again with his juice. Take note: Full course meal. I put 1 drop of OnGuard on his drinks and then, I will diffuse oil in his room to focus & motivation and do his assignment. Well, me, I have to prepare for snacks.

6pm Time for watching TV with the kids (Popcorn). And I will cook food for dinner.

7pm My son will take a bath again put a drop of EO in the floor when the water steam off the oil.

8pm Eat Dinner (here’s some of the food recipes)

9pm I will take a warm bath soak (Orange & Peppermint Salt Bath), but first I have to remove make-ups and do my body scrubs. After that, put on Lavender Lotion.

10~ on wards watch tv and diffuse for relaxing blend and sleep.

Oh, that’s so long to type on… anyway, that’s my everyday or let say day to day essential oils. Below as well, my husband usually the first to have this sinus and will make this one for him.

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Just put some drop in a hot water and let the steam inhale. DIY or Recipe above is tested by yours truly. But, of course, depends on your sensitivity of your skin and immune system.

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Here’s how I clean my make-up brush and sponge (Flat).

Materials: Castile Soap, Paper towel, small bowl, soft bristle toothbrush and silicon pot holder.

For the Brushed: First, put the amount of Castile soap and tea tree oil in the small bowl. Then, deep the brushes (don’t soak it) and swirl the brush in the silicon pot holder, just repeat until no more residues of make-up in the brush.

For the sponge, I usually soak it with the equal amount of Castile soap and water, then a few drops of Tea tea oil. Then, squeeze the sponge and rinse with warm water. Flat sponge, brush carefully the residue of the make ups, then rinse with warm water. That’s it!.

 

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DIY Remedies with EO

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It’s been 2 weeks didn’t post a blog. Well, my kids and husband are sick so, busy mommy here. Of course the most difficulty was for the small kid (my daughter) co’z she can’t explain or talk straight yet what she feels. Kids not totally sick, but my husband was. I think before the kids get sick, I need to prevent on getting it on. So, mommy need to save the day… I made some DIY Remedies at home using also Essential Oils.

Essential Oils has a lot of benefits, lets go for 101 Essential Oils (Btw, I’m using Doterra EO trust and tested)

What Are Essential Oils?

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against environmental threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

How Do I Use Essential Oils?

Essential oils are used for a very wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

Aromatic

Certain essential oils, when diffused, can be very stimulating, while others can be calming and soothing. Diffusing essential oils can also cleanse and purify the air of unwanted odors.

Topical

Essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically.

Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements for targeted wellness.

Essential oils are both exciting and promising when it comes to taking care of your own and your family’s health. Whether you’re applying essential oils topically, enjoying the aromatic benefits through diffusing, or taking essential oils internally, the positive effects of essential oils are boundless.

That’s why you’ll want to ensure that the essential oils you are using are capable of delivering on their promise. You’ll want to make sure that you are choosing essential oils for their potency and their purity.

We’ve been using EO since we were still in the Philippines but we use it in a wrong way 😦 like putting them in burning candle and also heating it up is not good for the EO it says it will be lessen the benefits of the oils.

Too little heat or pressure and the oil will not release; too much, and the oil’s composition and potency will be affected.

You make click this link on how to use the Essential Oils for the more information. And why I choose DOTERRA Products than other Essential Oil company. Click here  for the answer.

Doterra essential oils gently and carefully distilled from plants that have been patiently harvested at the perfect moment by experienced growers from around the world for ideal extract composition and efficacy.

So, I need to do something to kill the virus in our house. In the morning, I make sure to on the diffuser before the kids and my husband wake up. So, that they can already smell it. I diffuse the following in the morning, afternoon and night.

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And, just last week i made some cases for my EO use for traveling. Materials I used: Scrap cloth and 100 yen shop zipper and key chain.

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Below are the Links from Pinterest I used for my Bath Salt, Body & Face Scrub and Face Mask.

Other recipe you might be interesting to get it in Pinterest site. I’ll post another entry for my day to day basic of the Essential Oils.

 

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Adorable Mickey Mouse

While cleaning my hard drive (external) I can’t resist to post these pictures of adorable Mickey Mouse creation.

This is stunning, studded mickey mouse love them all. Great for collections, right?

Black and Blue Mickey mouse            &                    The Creation of Mickey Mouse

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Elvis Mickey Mouse

Abstract and the Angel & Demon Creativity

(upper left to right) Skull Design, Pinwheel, The Stoneage last the checkard

The Workers

Girly Creation

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No words to describe 😀 so creative…

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Junk Yard Theme

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Shopping Mall / Depeatment mall theme

upper left to right: Paper Mosaic, Porker game, another paper creativity and diamond design

so girly creation

Their imagination are so impressive.

Film category

Another Girly Creation

Branding Theme

Gangster Theme

Studded Creation

Lovely Creation… Stunning!!!

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